Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says he thinks “spying did occur” on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russia investigation may have been mishandled. He did not say what “spying” had taken place but seemed likely to be alluding to a surveillance warrant the FBI obtained on a Trump associate. His remarks give a boost to Trump and his supporters who insist his 2016 campaign was unfairly targeted by the FBI.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats don’t have to nominate a woman for president or vice president in 2020. The California Democrat tells The Associated Press she’s “very proud” of the women in the contest and says anyone running would be better than President Donald Trump. Asked if she’d see a problem if Democrats nominate only men for the ticket, she replied, “No.” She adds that it’s “no use” to require a woman on the ticket and Democrats should “get behind” both people named.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Humanity has gotten its first glimpse of a black hole, and it looks like a flaming doughnut. Scientists on Wednesday released an image of light and gas swirling around the edge of a supermassive black hole 53 million light-years from Earth. The picture was created with data assembled from radio telescopes around the world. As one expert put it, “Science fiction has become science fact.”
UNDATED (AP) — A number of states are pushing near-total bans on abortion in the hope that the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court will overturn or weaken Roe v. Wade. Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Georgia could join them with the governor’s signature. And on Wednesday, a bill in Ohio won final legislative approval; it heads to Gov. Mike DeWine, who says he will sign it.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Forget about the date the U.K. will possibly leave the European Union. The real question gripping the EU summit: What was on Angela Merkel’s tablet? Just as the meeting was about to kick off, the German chancellor walked over to her U.K. counterpart Theresa May, her tablet at the ready. They both intently looked at the screen before sharing a hearty laugh. Then Merkel walked over to summit chair Donald Tusk, who joined in the merriment.